When the Marina High boys’ varsity basketball team plays its final game of the season in late-February, it will be the last time the Vikings will be led by Roger Holmes. The dean of Sunset League coaches, Holmes announced last week that he will step down as head coach at the conclusion of the season.
Holmes — who took pride in creating a family atmosphere within his program — decided it was time to step aside after discussing the matter with his immediate family: wife Debbie, son Brendan, a former Marina ball boy who is in his final year of a four-year varsity career, and daughter Kayla.
“The decision to step down as head coach was a tough one, but at the same time, an easy one,” said Holmes, who recently turned 50. “The years really do go by too quickly and it seems as though it was yesterday that we started on this journey at Marina.